How We Can Help Your Practice Treat Adolescent Depression
A growing number of youth are struggling with depression. What can we do to help them? A new program funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund offers a solution: providing rural practices in Michigan $5,000 in complimentary telehealth technology, training, and clinical resources.
If you are a rural provider in Michigan who treats adolescents, you may be eligible to participate in this program. Known as the Responding to Adolescent Depression through Integration and Telemedicine (RAD-IT), the program is designed to expand access to screening, treatment, and specialty referrals among the growing numbers of youth struggling with depression in rural areas. Without the ability to access care via telehealth, many young people in rural areas would go untreated. This program seeks to address that.
Benefits to Medical Practices
If you participate, your practice will receive the following benefits:
- Telehealth equipment that is yours to keep. Practices may use the equipment and software provided (and/or their own equipment) to conduct telehealth visits with any of their patients. The DX80 equipment is yours to keep upon program completion. The WebEx platform is valid for 3 years. Together, the package is valued at ~$5,000.
- Virtual training which eligible clinicians can participate in to receive 20-50 Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits. Training includes three virtual trainings, four short case-based podcasts, and two Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles. Learn more about our CME and MOC program.
- An interactive Learning Management System with a curated toolbox of resources for clinicians, teens, and their parents. Resources include up-to-date information on subjects such as depression, bullying, substance use, self-harm, suicidality, and telehealth.
- A dedicated facilitator assigned to each practice, who will help you: implement effective screening and treatment practices, use telehealth as a BH resource, collect and submit program data, develop and/or improve workflow and billing procedures, and implement follow-up and patient monitoring protocols.
- Access to the Remote Care for Kids (RCK) Network, a telehealth network of over 100 licensed behavioral health providers who specialize in treating adolescents with depression. These clinicians are committed to the RAD-IT program and may be used for clinician-to-clinician consults, or as a treatment resource for your patients.
- Tailored behavioral health referral guides that present up-to-date information on behavioral health clinicians near your practice. The guides use intuitive icons, so you can easily identify treatment modalities, insurance accepted, languages spoken, and more.
Participating in this program will not only help you expand your practice to more patients who need care—it will also prepare you for a post-Covid world where telehealth will be increasingly common.
How to Get Started
Want to learn more? Contact Haley McCrary, RAD-IT Project Manager at 734-545-6308, RAD-IT@altarum.org